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Apple Car Coming in 2019, Per Report

Apple Car Coming in 2019, Per Report

Apple is turning up the heat on its automotive goals, and you can expect the first electric Apple car to ship in 2019. That’s the word from the Wall Street Journal, which quotes the ubiquitous people familiar with the matter. According to the report, the first car won’t be self-driving, although Apple wants it to be eventually. From the WSJ: …

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Uber Sets Up Another Hub for Self-Driving Car Research

Uber is setting up another hub for self-driving car research. This one’s at the University of Arizona. Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, Uber, and the college announced the initiative on Tuesday. “Through the statement of intent that we signed today, Uber and the UA have agreed to work together on educational, workforce development, and research efforts in optics, engineering, and education …

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Google Self-Driving Cars “Being Hit Surprisingly Often”

Google’s self-driving cars are getting into accidents – but it’s not their fault. Instead it’s human drivers, distracted by their iPhones and such, that keep running into Google’s autonomous vehicles. At least that’s what Google’s Chris Urmson has to day. “Our self-driving cars are being hit surprisingly often by other drivers who are distracted and not paying attention to the …

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Google Is Testing Self-Driving Cars in Austin

Last month, a fleet of Google’s self-driving cars hit public roads in California. Before that, testing on private roads had always happened around Mountain View. Now, for the first time, Google has taken its self-driving cars outside of California. The company is now testing the technology in Austin, Texas. Well, car, that is. “It’s summertime, so millions of Americans are …

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Two Self-Driving Cars Involved in “Complex Driving Scenario”

Did two self-driving cars, one owned by Google and the other owned by Delphi, have a near miss on the streets of Palo Alto the other day? Not really, according to Delphi. But they were involved in a “complex driving scenario.” Google is the most prominent tester of self-driving cars on California roads, but it’s not the only one. Reuters …

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Google’s Self-Driving Cars Hit the Road

Last month, Google said it was almost ready to start testing its self-driving car prototypes on public roads, and that it would happen sometime this summer. Well, that time is now. A few cars from Google’s fleet are now cruising California highways. Slowly. “These prototype vehicles are designed from the ground up to be fully self-driving. They’re ultimately designed to …

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Uber Steals Another Google Exec

Uber has poached another Googler. According to a report from Re/code, former Google engineering VP Brian McClendon is set to join the on-demand car company and will head its new Advanced Technologies Center. McClendon worked for over a decade as Google’s head of Maps, Google Earth, and Street View. McClendon will continue to work on Maps and location services at …

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Google Starts Monthly Accident Reports For Self-Driving Cars

Well, it looks like Consumer Watchdog is getting at least one of its many wishes related to Google’s behavior. Last month, reports came out about four of Google’s self-driving cars being involved in accidents since September. Some of these reports were overblown considering that the accidents were actually the fault of human drivers, but the consumer group (a regular critic …

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Uber’s Self-Driving Research Car Spotted in the Wild

Uber is in the early stages of developing “mapping, safety, and autonomy” systems, and its first vehicles tasked with doing so have just hit the road. Where? In Pittsburgh, where the Pittsburgh Business Times spotted a black Ford with a rather conspicuous set of tech on its roof – a LIDAR system that looks quite similar to the one sported …

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Google Self-Driving Cars Hit Public Roads This Summer

Google is almost ready to put its self-driving cars on public roads. According to the company, the “next step” in the project involves putting its prototypes on the roads of Mountain View this summer. Google’s self-driving cars will be capped at 25mph, and each will carry a safety driver who has access to a removable steering wheel and pedals so …

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Google Called Upon To Make Self-Driving Car Accident Reports Public

Google’s self-driving cars are coming under fire again as the Associated Press reported that four out of forty-eight of the cars Google has driving around California have gotten into accidents since September. As has been the case with previously reported accidents, however, none of these were actually the fault of Google’s cars, at least according to the company. According to …

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Elon Musk Thinks Driving Could Be Outlawed at Some Point (Hopefully Not Though)

Will there ever come a day when it is actually illegal to get behind the wheel of a car and drive it yourself? Tesla founder and possible Terminator Elon Musk says yes, this is a distinct possibility. Musk made his comments at the Nvidia GPU conference, where he said it’s just too dangerous. “You don’t want a person driving a …

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Google, Uber Moving in on Each Other’s Turf?

It’s possible that Google and Uber, two companies which, at least historically, have been friendly, are developing a bit of a rivalry. Uber has announced a “strategic partnership” with Carnegie Mellon University that will see the creation of the “Uber Advanced Technologies Center” near the school’s campus. “The center will focus on the development of key long-term technologies that advance …

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Google Reveals First Real Self-Driving Car Prototype

Google unveiled what it says its its “first real build” of its self-driving vehicle prototype. Back in May, Google showed off an early mockup that eliminated the steering wheel and gas/brake pedals. But that didn’t even have real headlights. Now, Google has a fully-functioning version of this car (pictured). “Since then, we’ve been working on different prototypes-of-prototypes, each designed to …

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Google’s Driverless Cars Feel the Need for Speed (Cause It’s Safer!)

Try using this excuse the next time you get pulled over for speeding. According to Google, exceeding the speed limit is actually safer than strictly obeying the law in some circumstances. For this reason, the company’s autonomous vehicles are allowed to break the law, ever so slightly, if the situation warrants it. Dmitri Dolgov, the lead software engineer on Google’s …

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Driverless Cars Will Hit UK Roads in January 2015

Business Secretary Vince Cable and the UK Department for Transport have just announced a “fast track” initiative for driverless cars, saying that the autonomous vehicles will hit public roads in about six months. As the BBC reports, The Department for Transport is a little late on its own projections. The technology was supposed to hit roads in 2013, but up …

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FBI: Driverless Cars Might Be Good for Bad People

The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Strategic Issues Group is worried about the possible criminal uses of all these self-driving cars that folks like Google are trying to get on our roadways. The Guardian obtained an internal FBI report, which offers up some insight into how the country’s top investigative body feels about all this autonomy. From The Guardian: In a …

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Vacuum Maker Not Impressed With Google’s Driverless Cars

Neato Robotics put out a fun late Friday press release asking what the big deal is about Google’s driverless cars. As you’ve probably heard, Google has been showing off a new prototype for the future of automobiles, which goes so far as to remove the steering wheel, and gas and brake pedals. “What’s the big deal? We’ve had a self-driving …

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Google’s New Self-Driving Cars Eliminate Steering Wheel, Gas And Brake Pedals. Just Trust Them.

Google has been busy building some new self-driving car model prototypes without steering wheels gas pedals or brake pedals, or the need for human intervention. Yikes. With Google’s original self-driving cars, humans were able to take over. This takes things another step forward. The company says its software and sensors do ALL the work. Let’s hope they’re more reliable than …

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Google: Driverless Car Tickets Should Come Our Way

What in the hell happens when one of Google’s driverless cars gets pulled over and handed a ticket? I say ‘when’ because it’s actually never happened. Though Google’s self-driving vehicles have now logged over 700,000 miles, the Mountain View Police Department has never issued a citation. A Sergeant with the PD recently hold The Atlantic that Google’s autonomous vehicles have …

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Google Works To Make Self-Driving Cars More City-Ready

Google just gave the world an update on its self-driving cars. The company says it has been focused on making them more city-ready. Google has improved the cars’ software, it says, so it can now detect hundreds of distinct objects at the same time, including pedestrians, buses, a stop sign being held by a crossing guard, or a cyclist making …

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Driverless Cars More Popular Than Lab Meat and Brain Implants, At Least

The Pew Research Internet Project just published the results of a big survey on “science in the next 50 years,” and the general finding is that the majority of Americans think technological advancements with make life better. One area of tech progress that people still can’t seem to agree on is driverless cars, or self-driving cars, or whatever you want …

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Driverless Car Sales to Reach Nearly 12 Million in 2035

Driverless car technology is here, and many analysts believe it is not a question of if, but when such technology will become dominant on U.S. roadways. Market research firm IHS today waded into the issue with a new report predicting just when driverless cars will begin to become popular with consumers. According to IHS, driverless car technology will gradually be …

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Self-Driving Vehicles to Make Up 75% of Sales by 2035

With congress now debating driverless car technology legislation and more automakers beginning to test their own driverless technology, it appears that autonomous vehicles are finally on their way to consumers. Unfortunately, legal barriers will stall the wide adoption of driverless cars for at leas another decade. Market research firm Navigant Research today predicted that autonomous vehicles will begin to make …

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Tesla Plans Self-Driving Car, Elon Musk Looks for Autopilot Engineers on Twitter

Although Google is the company that’s garnered the most attention when it comes to driverless automobile technology, they’re not the only ones looking to make a big push into the market – a market that is expected to grow quickly over the next couple of decades. Tesla is making a move to develop their own self-driving cars, and CEO Elon …

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Nissan Expecting To Market Self-Driving Cars By 2020

With every piece of technology being automated in this day in age, which piece of technology has yet to be fully automated? The car. If you think it has not been thought of yet, think again, because Nissan, the sixth-largest automotive company (source: OICA) is currently experimenting with the technology to make the consumer car fully automated. Imagine a car …

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Half of U.S. Car Sales to be Driverless by 2032

Google and car manufacturers are continuing to test new self-driving car technologies. At the same time, lawmakers are struggling to regulate the technology while reassuring the public that vehicles will actually be safer without humans behind the wheel. There won’t be much time to get ahead of this technology, though, if new predictions are accurate. Analyst firm ABI Research today …

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Google Thinks That In 100 Years, People Will Marvel That We Ever Allowed Humans To Drive

Google held its annual shareholders meeting on Thursday, discussing numerous topics. As usual in shareholder-related meetings, Google felt the need to reassure investors that despite its investments in “moon shot” ideas like Google Glass and self-driving cars, the company continues to invest in its core business. But this time, Schmidt also took the time to talk up the cars. He …

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Google Snags a New Self-Driving Car Safety Chief

Google, who has been working very hard to get their self-driving cars on the road, has just made another leap forward for the initiative. Just a couple months after having driverless cars legalized in California, Google has made a significant hire and created a new position inside the company. Wired reports that Google has snatched up Ron Medford to be …

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Driverless Cars More Accident Prone When Humans Are Involved

On Tuesday, Senate bill 1298 was signed into law at Google’s headquarters. This makes it so California must adopt rules and regulations for the operation of driverless cars like the ones Google has. It makes it legal for these things to drive on the road. Many are no doubt wondering what this means for safety. Well, Google has been touting …

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